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Happy 30th Birthday, Burt's Bees!

When someone tells you you're not good enough to accomplish what you set out to do, there are two ways you can take it. One way is to concede and agree, maybe bide your time until you are in fact good enough. This is safe and smart. It's not cowardice to know that you're not yet ready even though you're willing. It's called caution.

The other way to go about it is to disagree and attempt to prove that person wrong. You try to be better as quickly as you can and to jump off without looking, because sometimes that is better than waiting. Sometimes that is the best way to learn. In the end, it depends on what you think would suit you according to the information you know to be true. Not, and this is important, on what others say. That's just no way to live.

Anyway! Burt's Bees, the skincare brand that was (and still is!) all about natural ingredients even before it was cool, celebrated its 30th birthday last month. They threw a party for their favorite beauty bloggers and invited me to do a quick watercolor crash course as well! It was enormously fun and the venue (Seda Hotel) was beautifully styled thanks to May Samson, the Brand Manager of Burt's Bees.

Check out these photos from the launch, as shot by the talented and super nice Shaira Luna. ^_^ 

See that Happy 30th Birthday wall? Those letters are all made from fresh ingredients that make up Burt's Bees products. The big zero is actually beeswax, culled from the brand's farms. Cool no? Guests were also invited to make their own flavoured water with ingredients like cucumber, lemon, orange, and of course, honey! Dang I miss that water. It was yummy and refreshing.



Here is May Samson, Burt's Bees Brand Manager, talking about some of the brand's best-selling, classic products. These tried-and-tested items are what I would recommend to the brand's newbies as well: the Garden Tomato Toner (this is actually the first BB product I've tried five years ago. LOVE THIS.), Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream (brings zombie hands back to life), Avocado Butter Pre-Shampoo, 
and Grapefruit Deep Conditioner, and the Peach and Willow Bark Deep Pore Scrub. These should get you started from head to foot! ;)

Here is General Manager for Burt's Bees, Maritess Dagdag, talking about the brand's beginnings and heritage. I may have mentioned this last time, but did you know that Burt Shavitz (that old grizzly guy in the packaging) is a real dude who sold beeswax on the back of his truck 30+ years ago? He was only able to turn it into the multi-million dollar company it is today with the help of Roxanne Quimby who convinced him to sell - guess - lip balm. 

There's actually a documentary on Burt coming out soon. Can't wait to watch it, he's such a hippie lol.

And here's my watercolor workshop. I think I only had 30-40 minutes to discuss things so it's more of a crash course than an actual workshop haha. I got to teach washes and color mixing, at most, but I hope people learned something new and interesting that day! A few girls painted still lifes of Burt's Bees ingredients. Some are already familiar with watercolor painting, like Marj Sia, who painted this stylish bee below.

This workshop encouraged me to share more of what I know about the medium so far. If you guys are interested, I have another one scheduled on September 20 - details here!

Pretty girls: Ariane, Shari, Ae, Kira, Tina, Krissy, Tellie, Mariana

Pretty girls: Ariane, Shari, Ae, Kira, Tina, Krissy, Tellie, Mariana

Thanks to all the beauty bloggers who came out to celebrate this day with Burt's Bees. ^_^ Thanks to May, who believed in me, and the rest of the team who made this beautiful event possible! 

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